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Alarm over trophy hunters taking aim at Amboseli’s ‘iconic giants’

Alarm over trophy hunters taking aim at Amboseli’s ‘iconic giants’

By Tracy Keeling & Adam Cruise Trophy hunters in Tanzania have killed individuals believed to be from a cross-border group of elephants, causing deep disquiet. Trophy hunters reportedly killed three elephants in northern Tanzania between September 2023 and February this year. The events have caused alarm as the elephants are believed to have been members of a cross-border group that inhabits Kenya and Tanzania – known as the Amboseli elephants – whose targeting has apparently been off the table for decades. The governor of Kenya’s Kajiado County, which is on...

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Analysis of largest elephant surveys ever shows stable population, but disturbing trends

Analysis of largest elephant surveys ever shows stable population, but disturbing trends

By Jim Tan - Mongabay New research comparing data from the two largest-ever elephant surveys reveals the overall population in the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area is stable, but also uncovers some concerning local trends. Elephant numbers in Botswana, home to more elephants than any other country, are stable overall, but declining numbers in areas where hunting is permitted, and increasing numbers in protected areas, suggest underlying issues for Botswana’s elephants. Survey comparisons reveal that elephants have all but disappeared from the western Angolan section of the...

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News

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JOINT STATEMENT ON THE AMBOSELI ELEPHANTS

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE AMBOSELI ELEPHANTS

By Big Life Foundation, Elephant Voices and Amboseli Trust for Elephants In 1994 there was international outcry when four individually known elephants, subjects of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, were shot by trophy hunters on the Tanzanian side of the border. In 1995 a moratorium on...

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Studies

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The Risks of Trophy Hunting

The Risks of Trophy Hunting

By Dr Adam Cruise, Dr Keith Lindsay and Dr Mark Jones This is a response to a document circulated by Brian Child et al entitled Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill: The Risks to Conservation, Rights and Livelihoods. Broadly, the document claims that the Bill will undermine conservation...

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The Journal of African Elephants was created by a group of concerned journalists, biologists and conservationists, who, after years of tracking and documenting the catastrophic decline of Africa’s elephant populations, have recognised the urgent need for a dedicated English and French news and commentary space to enhance and increase global awareness of the plight of Africa’s savanna and forest elephants. Our Commentary service, in particular, are writers that focus on the need to provide awareness of Africa’s elephants and affected surrounding human communities from a distinctly African perspective that, for the most part, is lacking in the dominance of Western media.